Grant Hinds: For the love of YouTube

8:30 AM (9 Minutes ago) Editorial Desk
Grant Hinds has not only made geeking out with friends cool, he’s made a profession out of it. The bespeckled and currently pink-haired gaming enthusiast is the owner of one of the few South African YouTube channels that has over one million views. And he’s doing it all for the love of games.

Value adder: Kirsten Clarke

8:11 AM (29 Minutes ago) Interviews

An honours degree in business science and experience across the marketing industry made Kirsten Clarke an obvious choice for Added Value’s South African project manager.

Gigi Lamayne drops #LOLO single as free download

7:05 AM (1 Hour ago) Entertainment
Four-time South African Hip Hop Award winner, Gigi Lamayne, has just released her #LOLO single as a free download. The #LOLO download comes by popular demand from Gigi Lamayne's successful #IronLady freestyle series released in August this year in light of Women’s Month. 

Cancer Dojo founder opens global oncology conference

6:57 AM (1 Hour ago) Publicity News
When Conn Bertish beat cancer in 2013, he began a process to launch a global cancer fighting platform – Cancer Dojo, which aims to empower people facing cancer with the tools and techniques shown to strengthen the human immune system and ultimately enable a more positive cancer outcome. 

Two thirds of the country are addicted to their phones

15:03 PM (17 Hours ago) Marketing News

In a recent study by smart device repair specialists’ iFix, two-thirds of South Africans admitted to being addicted to their phones and more than a third said they would miss their phone more than their partners if they were separated.

Ambi Pur turns #SmellytoSmiley at Taste of Joburg

14:23 PM (18 Hours ago) Marketing News

Ambi Pur set out to demonstrate how its range not only masks but truly eliminates some of South Africa’s worst household odours turning homes from #SmellytoSmiley.

Catch The Great South African Bake Off, for real this time

13:39 PM (19 Hours ago) Entertainment
Twelve amateur bakers are put through their baking paces by judges Shirley Guy and Tjaart Walraven in this delayed inaugural episode of BBC Lifestyle’s first series of The Great South African Bake Off.  

DJ Sabby drops his new single

13:26 PM (19 Hours ago) Entertainment
YFM’s DJ Sabby officially released his new single, Inghudu, which he hopes will resonate with people who are able to relate to the content.

Ster-Kinekor Theatres’ Vision Mission commemorates World Sight Day

13:15 PM (19 Hours ago) CSI
To kick off Eye Care Awareness month, Ster-Kinekor Theatres’ flagship CSI programme Vision Mission will host a special screening of the animated film Hotel Transylvania 2, at CapeGate Mall in Brackenfell, Cape Town. 

Tuluntulu app to reach all of Africa

12:10 PM (20 Hours ago) Media News

SABC Education has teamed up with Tuluntulu and launched a new 24/7 TV app aimed at mobile phones and tablets across Africa.

Red & Yellow introduces its National Certificate in Advertising

11:53 AM (20 Hours ago) Advertising News
The Red & Yellow School is on a mission to produce 100 000 graduates by 2020, ensuring both the growth of education and real transformation in the Advertising industry through world class, relevant education and training. 

A creative local launch that garnered likes

11:25 AM (21 Hours ago) Publicity News

Jonsson Workwear looked at strong women for inspiration as they launched a women’s clothing line including corporate wear. Working with Threesixoh and the Golden Lions Rugby Union, Jonsson Workwear launched the range before a rugby game.

How to get ahead in Africa

11:19 AM (21 Hours ago) Opinion
What makes a strong and effective African network? The number of partnerships that have been established with local agency businesses in Nigeria, Kenya or Ghana? The number of agencies acquired in Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana? Or the long list of agency contacts in multiple African cities? Graham Cruikshanks, TBWA \ Africa’s director of Africa operations, answers these questions.

Movember encourages men to shape their own experience

10:34 AM (22 Hours ago) CSI
The Movember Foundation is fighting for men to live happier, healthier and longer lives by shaping the landscape for male specific diseases through research and survivorship programmes. 

Facebook launches lead ads

10:23 AM (22 Hours ago) Social Media News
Mobile phones are where people communicate and discover the things they like, but it's been difficult for people on mobile to signal to businesses that they want to learn more about their products or services. 

Newsclip helps you keep an eye on competitors

10:03 AM (22 Hours ago) Media News

How does your brand’s media coverage fare in comparison to your competitors’? Not sure? Newsclip has you covered with their reengineered competitor analysis offering on Gate5. Thanks to the media monitoring mavens, now you can easily determine your position and strategically use it to your advantage.

Realistic retirement with Glacier by Sanlam

10:00 AM (22 Hours ago) Marketing News

We all know that saving for retirement is an essential part of life, but what are we actually saving for?

The art of client service

9:59 AM (22 Hours ago) Editorial Desk
Client Service. It’s an abused term. You only need to speak to Gendel Strategic Marketing Group’s director of Client Service, Samantha Gendel Jones for confirmation: “We throw the descriptor Client Service around as if it were little more than the physical embodiment of an arduous phone call or a well-meant email.” 

Join Sarah Graham on a Food Safari from November

9:20 AM (23 Hours ago) Media News
Filmed by local TV production company, Okuhle Media, and hosted by local food blogger and cookbook author, Sarah Graham, Sarah Graham’s Food Safari is set to take M-Net viewers on an ambitious food safari across Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

SABC2 launches new talk show, Visionaries' Lounge

9:07 AM (23 Hours ago) Media News
SABC2 is launching a new talk show, VisionariesLounge, which starts on Tuesday, 13 October at 20:30. The talk show is presented by TV and radio personality turned businessperson, Ayanda Allie-Paine. 

Flume named lead digital agency for Club Med SA

8:12 AM (Yesterday) New Accounts
Digital marketing agency, Flume, has been appointed as Club Med South Africa’s lead digital agency. The partnership will see Flume handling online media buying and campaigns, managing social media, and driving business goals for the Club Med brand in South Africa. 

Samsung launches Mixed Talents campaign to solve youth unemployment

15:53 PM (Yesterday) CSI
Samsung Electronics South Africa has launched its Mixed Talents campaign today, which aims to find a solution to one of the country’s most pressing social problems – youth unemployment.

Cracking the SA comedy scene

15:39 PM (Yesterday) Editorial Desk
The South African stand-up comedy industry is a tough one to crack. And it’s even tougher to make money out of a career in comedy. Unless you’re Trevor Noah of course.

Three heavy hitters join Times Media

15:27 PM (Yesterday) People on the Move

Times Media has announced three new appointments to its newspapers and magazine supplements.

Ad blockers; yay or nay?

14:47 PM (Yesterday) Advertising News

The Washington Post’s decision to block readers who utilise ad blocking software should be applauded – not vilified – by consumers of online content, online content providers and online advertisers, says Hellocomputer’s digital media director, Klaus Germann.

KFC Add(s) Hope this World Hunger Month

14:24 PM (Yesterday) Publicity News

In a country fighting a legacy of poverty, a child dies every 15 seconds due to a lack of essential nutrients and being underweight, and KFC aims to reduce this number with their new Add Hope TV advert.  

In-store advertising is a win for bottle stores

14:16 PM (Yesterday) Marketing News
Moving Tactics, a local digital signage solutions company, has been working with liquor brands and liquor retailers such as Pick n Pay Liquor, Ultra Liquors and Makro’s Liquor division to put in place digital in-store marketing campaigns and strategies.

Facebook Ads 101

14:03 PM (Yesterday) Opinion
Facebook advertising is different to other ways of advertising because companies can get their ads to just the right people. Marketers can choose the audiences for their adverts, and can reach them at any time and on any device. So says social media marketing expert, Julia Rhodes. 

Relativ Media outgrows Grass Roots Media

14:01 PM (Yesterday) Advertising Profile
Specialising in multiple out-of-home (OOH) formats, both traditional and non-traditional, Grass Roots Media has announced that the business will be re-branded as Relativ Media as from October 2015. 

The King James Group nabs 10 African Cristal Festival Awards

13:39 PM (Yesterday) Awards
The King James Group has once again been named African Advertising Agency of the Year at the annual African Cristal Festival, as well as several other awards. 

NATIVE VML gives back along with global VML offices

13:33 PM (Yesterday) CSI

NATIVE VML closed its doors on Wednesday, 30 September, along with 25 VML offices around the globe for worldwide Foundation Day. 

marcusbrewster’s Nicole Spruijt presented with two Chartered Secretaries awards

13:32 PM (Yesterday) Awards
Integrated PR firm marcusbrewster is pleased to announce that Nicole Spruijt, senior account manager – Johannesburg, was presented with two awards at the 2015 graduation ceremony of the Chartered Secretaries of Southern Africa (CSSA).

MEC makes OOH media safer

13:31 PM (Yesterday) Advertising News
MEC Nota Bene - an agency focused on integrated communication in channel strategy, planning and buying - has partnered with Vodacom to oversee and implement the media giant’s health and safety initiatives in the out-of-home (OOH) media space.

BIC Boy goes on an educational roadshow

13:27 PM (Yesterday) CSI
For the fourth consecutive year, BIC will embark on its school roadshow, and this year, the stationery brand will continue its efforts towards improving the quality of education in our schools with the message: ‘If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It’. 

Watershed joins Southern Sun Waterfront to mark launch of new album

13:23 PM (Yesterday) Entertainment
South African acoustic rock band, Watershed, and Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront hotel hosted a private gig to mark the launch of the ensemble’s latest album, Watch the Rain

Cheers to NATIVE VML and Chivas Regal

13:17 PM (Yesterday) New Accounts

NATIVE VML has been appointed as the lead agency for whiskey brand Chivas Regal South Africa after a two-way pitch for the account. Chivas Regal, is one of the two strategic global icon brands within Pernod Ricard and is available in 150 markets globally.

Shoprite and CANSA raise more than R1-million

12:18 PM (Yesterday) CSI
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and Shoprite Checkers have a long-standing relationship that stretches over more than a decade, and this year the retailer raised a total of R1 059 550 through their in-store Cuppa Events.

Disney announces season two of Star Wars Rebels

12:10 PM (Yesterday) Entertainment
The second season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels, based on the Star Wars series, launches this month with a double episode length special; The Siege of Lothal.

Limpopo newspaper growth is good news for advertisers

12:02 PM (Yesterday) Advertising News

In contrast to daily and Sunday publications, local Limpopo newspapers’ growth have bucked the downward trend. Based on the latest ABC’s Total Circulation Q2 April – June 2014 versus the 2015 figures, the sold national newspaper declined by 8% on average.   

Zig Zag and Urban Brew join forces

11:52 AM (Yesterday) Media News
UK independent TV Production Company, Zig Zag Productions, has announced a co-production agreement with South African producer and content creator, Urban Brew Studios.

Organisers announce more acts for 2015 Euphoria Music Festival line-up

11:38 AM (Yesterday) Entertainment
For the local debut year of international music festival Euphoria Music Festival, the organisers have announced a line-up that includes Euphonik, Kyle Watson, Desmond & The Tutus and Matthew Mole and 12 other South African artists.

Ross Jack self medicates with new album

11:23 AM (Yesterday) Entertainment

For the last months of 2014 and the first half of 2015, Johannesburg-based recording artist, Ross Jack has been working and recording for his sophomore release, Self Medicated, due out on Friday, 30 October.

Introducing the Association of African Exhibition Organisers

11:01 AM (Yesterday) Interviews
Exhibitions play a significant role in promoting trade in Africa as well as attracting foreign investment to the continent. Surely such a powerful platform would need some sort of credible governing body to help regulate and build the industry? The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) was launched earlier this year in response to this need.

Vega hosts inaugural TEDx talk evening

9:45 AM (Yesterday) Advertising News

The Vega School of Brand leadership hosted its inaugural TEDx talk evening to a packed auditorium of industry influencers, students, parents and the general public. TEDxVega 2015 is set to become an annual feature on the schools calendar.

Facebook brings it instead of buffering

9:20 AM (Yesterday) Social Media News
People are going online at a staggering rate in emerging markets and, in most cases, are doing so on mobile via 2G connections. Chris Marra and Alex Sourov from Facebook explain how Facebook maximises users’ connections for a better experience. 

Thandokazi Hlwatika joins The Fort

15:49 PM (2 Days ago) People on the Move
Thandokazi Hlwatika has been appointed as the new account manager at brand and content agency The Fort.  

Woolworths tackles food security at schools

15:31 PM (2 Days ago) CSI

Woolworths is setting out to make a difference for World Food Day, on Friday, 16 October. With a number of initiatives aimed at learners, Woolworths is focusing on creating awareness about food security and integrating sustainable living skills into the school’s curriculum.

Repositioning your brand like a Ninja

15:04 PM (2 Days ago) Opinion
Changing your logo and colour palette is what marketers traditionally call “rebranding” however to truly take a brand and reposition it properly there are 6 fundamental elements that need to be taken into account and addressed, says Selvan Naidoo, CEO of Marketing2theMax.

Red Carpet Concepts awarded the La Petite Ferme PR account

14:57 PM (2 Days ago) New Accounts
Franschhoek-based wine estate, La Petite Ferme has awarded Cape Town-based bespoke PR agency, Red Carpet Concepts (RCC) with its public relations, marketing, social media, new website development and events management portfolio. 

Al Jazeera meets Guantanamo Bay's youngest prisoner

14:50 PM (2 Days ago) Media News

Premiering on Thursday, 8 October on Al Jazeera, Growing Up Guantanamo is the story of Asadullah Rahman, who spent 17 months detained in Guantanamo Bay as a terrorist when he was just ten years old. He was the youngest to have ever served time there.

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